When choosing the right bicycle clothing the challenge, among other things is that they quickly can adapt to changing weather conditions and temperature fluctuations.
Particularly for longer trips in winter are stops normal in heated lounges. Moreover, the conditions on warm sunny slopes are often completely different than in shaded areas. In addition, the active body sweats also in case of frost, and then cool down much faster than at moderate temperatures.
When cycling in the winter so comfortable, thermophysiologically optimized clothing is paramount.
What does onion principle?
In this flexible style of dress, it is primarily a smart, layered compilation of garments.
A complete system consists of three coordinated layers, in technical language also called Layer, each layer performs a specific function.
The decisive advantage of layered Cycling Clothing is that form between the individual layers insulating air cushions that protect the body against cold also. In the cold season coordinated accessories like warm socks, gloves, shoe covers, arm and leg warmers and warming underhelmet Caps complement the functional outfit.
The first layer of clothing
The first layer it forms underwear.
She is ostensibly responsible for wicking. Besides merino wool is modern sports underwear today often made of functional fibers.
Thus, the welding can be quickly transported away from the skin, they should be worn directly on the skin, ie against the body. Many vests, so-called Layer 1 shirts are also constructed so that the evaporation surface is enlarged at the outside.
Thus the functional underwear to the skin feels great without sacrificing function, often used by manufacturers for the inside and outside of winter underwear, different materials, such as hollow fibers or merino wool inside and outside polyester fibers.
The second layer of clothing
The second layer is the insulation layer bicycle clothing.
You may well consist of several layers.
What is important is that it takes up as little moisture as possible. Therefore, for example, cotton is completely unsuitable. A cotton shirt to wick sweat away and looks after some time like a wet rag, which interrupts the entire functional system.
Therefore, manufacturers also process for Layer 2 garments largely functional fibers from polyurethane or polyester. In Shirts and Shorts for the cold season is in generally considerably more material than for example in light shirts for the summer.
In addition, the fabrics are tightly woven, many garments are brushed inside to produce an additional insulating layer of air.
The third layer of clothing
The third layer is the actual weather protection, the rain, snow and storm keeps and heated simultaneously.
Nevertheless, the outer layer of clothing should be breathable and give the water vapor produced through sweating the chance to diffuse outwards.
Tissue as Ceplex or Sympatex® are perfectly suited for this purpose. Both tissue a membrane vapor there through, larger water droplets, however, have outside leaves. The Ceplex membrane is extremely breathable and wind and waterproof up to a water column of 20,000 mm. Sympatex is 100% wind and waterproof with a water column of 45.000mm.
On the special movements coordinated cuts and stretch inserts make cycling in winter the required freedom of movement.